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Start Your Own Business in Devon

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

Welcome

If you are thinking about starting a business in Devon or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Devon contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Devon since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Devon

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Download the 2021 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc.

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.

What do you get in the guide?

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Devon.

Checklist

Easy to follow step by step guide

Business set-up

Choosing the right structure

Getting online

Online marketing, social media

Local support

Where to find help and support

Premises

Work from home or premises?

Employing staff

How to find and recruit

Before you start

The reality of running a business

Finance & funding

Your funding options

Law & insurance

The key considerations

Business planning

Are you ready?

Accountancy & tax

Tax and VAT explained

Business directory

Useful contacts

Market research

Is there a gap in the market?

Business networking

Tips and local groups

Starting a business in Devon
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Key Contacts in Devon

Vu Online
Get a website that works for your business. Easy to use. Great to look at. A website can have many functions. As a showcase for your business, a reassuring source of information for customers, a purchase point for your products or services. We take website design very seriously because we know the impact it can have on a business. It’s a given that we deliver our clients beautiful looking websites but we feel it is equally important that it works and does what it needs to do. We design and build websites that are fit for purpose and have the flexibility to grow with your business. Our method is straightforward, pragmatic and forward thinking. Startup This package suits a sole trader or small business just starting out. We’ll set you up with a website that gets you going. It will suit you if you have a limited budget right now.
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VA Accountancy
VA Accountancy provides tailored business solutions, designed to match your business’ needs now and in the future. We work closely with our clients throughout the year to ensure a pro-active, reliable and professional service for you and your business, with no hidden surprises. Contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss how we can support you and your business.
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Out of the Box Innovations
Out of the Box Innovations Ltd., (OOTBI) have helped SMBs with their online presence since 2014. Specialist areas include content marketing, web design & development and SEO. Past clientele and industry experience include oil & energy, HSE (health safety and environment), and home improvements. OOTBI welcome global enquiries for energy and HSE marketing, as well as local enquiries from any established businesses in Devon, UK. Initial consultation and customised business recommendations will be conducted free of charge. When new clients see the business logic and valuable ideas, the business usually commences soon after.
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Gleave Media
Gleave Media offers a wealth of experience and analysis for all digital strategies and we deliver right first time solutions, often within short and challenging timescales. We have been embedded in the Internet Industry since 1999 so can view projects from a different perspective while our vertically integrated operation means we a flexible and responsive in a way many consultancies are not and we can deliver solutions that draw on both digital and practical systems to provide the complete ready to go operation for all growing businesses. Gleave Media employ a front-weighted process with intelligent use of analysis to provide innovative, open solutions that include the customer in the development process.
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Design By Pie
Professional freelance graphic designer offering graphic design solutions to help new businesses establish and maintain a strong and clear visual message (without paying huge agency prices). The cost of hiring an in-house graphic designer or going to a large graphic design agency can be too much for some business start-ups - but that does not mean you cant have instant and constant access to fabulous and effective graphic design.
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SensoryStore
We love developing peoples ideas and watching them grow this is the exciting end of the work we do. We have been developing websites and providing design services to our clients for over 10 years. Our current services include: Logo Design & Branding, Website Design and Development, Content Management Systems, Online Shops, Website Hosting, Search Engine Optimisation. Best of all we love talking about what we do. Responsive Websites : Websites which look good and function well, on computers, tablets and on mobile phones. Be sure to ask for that when commissioning your business website. 28% of internet usage is from a mobile phone 23% increase in search queries from tablets after Christmas day. (http:www.gpmd.co.ukblog2012-mobile-internet-statistics) Call if youd like to talk.
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Aegis Accounting
Ready to start your own business? But not sure what you need to put in place, whether you should be limited or a sole trader, who you need to tell, what legislation you need to comply with? Aegis specialise in small business start-ups - we can handle all the legislation for you from day one. Our popular Company Start-up Package covers all the legislative requirements in one go, and as a startup client we will guarantee to fix your accounting and company administration costs to an all-in-one affordable monthly fee for the entire year! As a client of Aegis you will enjoy day-to-day bookkeeping, monthly management accounts, VAT returns, company administration, year end accounts preparation and tax return filing - all in one FIXED monthly fee! Accounts shouldnt be taxing- and neither should accountants! Aegis look after the books, prepare the accounts and file your tax return - no fuss accounting- call now on 01395 511012 or visit our website.
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Bruton-Young Bookkeeping
Hi, I'm Clare, a not so boring accountant and bookkeeper. I work with all types of trade; current clients include hairdressers, plumbers, builders, beauty therapists, electricians and many more. Most are local to Hemyock but some are not. With technology this need not be a problem. Do you need more time to work on your business rather than drowning in a sea of paperwork? I can take that paperwork and present you with digital reports about the financial welfare of your business. Your tax and VAT returns will all be submitted correctly and quickly, without any stress on your part (except of course for the paying part!). I promise to always use plain English and produce your numbers quickly and efficiently. Call or email to have a chat about your business.
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Business Information Point
Business Information Point is a Local Enterprise Agency and has been operating as a source of information and advice for businesses since September 1993. It is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee and a member of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies. The function of WDBIP is to assist businesses with their development and sustainability, helping to improve their competitiveness, leading to increased profitability and employment.
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North Devon Plus
North Devon+ is a new organisation which heralds a fresh approach to economic development, community and social regeneration across North Devon and Torridge. North Devon+ is a not-for-profit membership organisation which was formed in April 2008. It saw the amalgamation of 3 great local organisations; North Devon Marketing Bureau, North Devon & Exmoor Regeneration Company, and North Devon Enterprise Agency.
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Kirsty Piercy Virtual Assistant
Virtual Assistant based in Devon, in the UK. If you are looking for someone to support you to reduce your stress and give you more time for your work or home life, then I could help you. I specialise in small businesses and new start ups. I can assist you with administration, finance, travel, logistics and other ad hoc tasks or projects. I offer a free initial call to assess what you need and how I can help you. If you chose to work with me you can outsource tasks to me, I will get the task done quickly and efficiently. I work in a way that benefits busy people, so I reply quickly and in plain English.
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Start-up Steps

We have created a collection of start-up steps articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: Startup Steps